I’m a somewhat prolific (ab)user of Twitter. It’s a place where I am able to engage with a much wider audience about Australian veteran issues than I can on Facebook and other social and traditional media channels. It is also a good place to complain about iiNet’s appalling service in Canberra.
Over the past several days I have had times where the black dog has started barking behind me. I’ve resisted the urge to acknowledge it’s reappearance in my life, but with it being Mental Health Awareness Week, this has been quite difficult. I have spent a lot of time trying to articulate my feelings, opinions and thoughts on veteran mental health support and veteran suicide into a single blog post.
The plan was to address the serious concerns I and many others have regarding the Australian Defence Force’s mental health support policies and the support avenues available to servicepersons once they discharge and begin re-integration into civilian society and life. I found I was unable to focus enough to write anything close be being coherent with a clear narrative. Instead after my Wife and child were fast asleep last night; I was able to communicate what I wanted to share via Twitter in 140 characters or less – give or take 16 tweets.
For those that want to read my SMS sized (over)share, here it is…